East Sussex Church Monuments - 1530 to 1830 - Archive of Photographs
by Professor Nigel Llewellyn

(222) SALEHURST, St. Mary the Virgin

Early English and Decorated arcades with clerestory of 1861; Decorated North chapel - Nairn & Pevsner (600-1) and SNQ (XV 267) with plan; view from South-East of 1781 in Godfrey & Salzman (Pl. 143); condition in 1686 reported to be fine, although the chancel of Lady Salcall was 'in a most filthy rude manner' and that of Sir Philip Harcourt was also out of repair (Ford 48); in the later 1550s, the Culpepers ordered burials here, see Rice & Godfrey (4 86) - William Culpeper, of Wigsell, d. 1559, left £10 for a tomb to set on his grave in the chapel at Salehurst where his wife Cicely was buried, see Attree & Booker (SAC 47 62); in the later 18th century, Hayley noted that ledgers/slabs outside priest's door in 1772, were formerly in Wigsell chapel, in which he saw a slab beneath a tester with indents for brasses; the Harcourts took over Wigsell from the Culpepers in the 17th century and constructed a vault, which, in 1954, was found to contain five 18th-century coffins: Richard Harcourt, d. 12 May 1777, aet 67; Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Philip Harcourt, d. 4 Mar 1778, aet 70; Phoebe Harcourt d. 10 Dec 1779, aet 70; two others unidentified; in 1861 the ledger slabs in Wigsell chapel, with all those in the chancel, including 222T, were removed to the tower floor, see J.L. Ward, 'Salehurst Church: the Wigsell Chapel' SNQ (XIV 112ff), citing L.J. Hodson, History of Salehurst 1914 and W.E. Meads, 'History of Salehurst Church' (Sussex Express No. 12, 1936); Horsfield (Sussex I 585) speculates that proximity of nearby Robertsbridge Abbey meant that the church was not a prestigious medieval burial place; the high quality of the relatively inaccessible Peckham cartouches (222D-F) is remarkable; the parish had c.157 families in 1724 and a population of 1611 in 1801; Willatts (SAC 125 102) notes 7 iron slabs here; there are terracottas by Harmer in the churchyard.

222A Mural monument for Thomas JENKIN, d. 1768

-  Verger's vestry, North wall, towards West end, high.

-  Inaccessible~Sound; faded.

-  M.I. (10 + 10 + 7 lines, engraved, black, centred) on rectangular panel of heavily veined grey marble, set portrait-wise; ogival curved top; 2 large scrolled corbels.

-  Thomas Jenkin, A.M., vicar of Salehurst, d. 28 Jan 1768, aet 45; his grandparents, Simeon Ashe, vicar of Salehurst, d. 1727, aged 66 and Winifrid, d. 1717, aet 43; also Stephen Jenkin, A.M.F.A.S, vicar of Salehurst and Selmeston, d. 5 Apr 1827, aet 72; his wife, Anne, d. 15 Nov 1828, aged 80; their issue, Elizabeth Jenkin, died Ghent, Flanders, 17 Nov 1792, aet 6, and Lieutenant William Jenkin, R.M., wrecked in HMS Minotaur off the Textel and drowned 22 Dec 1810, aet 19.

222B Mural monument for Jonathan George MICKLETHWAIT, d. 1838, and his wife, Sophia, d. 1808

-  Verger's vestry, North wall, at head height, East of 222A.

-  58(W) x 110(H)~Very good; fading.

-  M.I. (13 lines, engraved, black, centred) fills a white marble trapezoidal panel; clawed feet; above, an urn in relief; irregular black slate back-plate; signed (lower centre): 'E.GAFFIN. REGENT'S ST. LONDON'.

-  Jonathan George Micklethwait, Esq., of Warbrook House, Hampshire, d. 27 Feb 1838, aet 73; his wife, Sophia, d. 15 Aug 1808, aet 32; their issue, Elizabeth and John.

222C Mural monument for Harriet Jane LUXFORD, d. 1825, and several other members of her family

-  North aisle, North wall, East of North door, at head height.

-  112(W) x 135(H)~Very good.

-  M.I. (33 lines, engraved, centred, black) on a white marble panel, set landscape-wise; base with 2 scrolled corbels; above, a plain frieze then a pointed pediment with scrolled ends; arms.

-  John Luxford, Esq., of Higham, JP, etc., 9 Dec 1756 - 17 Mar 1838; his wife, Catherine Sarah, d. Apr 1861, aged 87; their issue - eldest daughter, Catherine Frances, 28 Mar 1803 - 30 Apr 1830; second daughter, Elizabeth Anne, 23 Jul 1805 - 30 Jan 1846, died at Madeira, buried Madeira; elder son, John Odiarne, 23 Nov 1808 - 14 Apr 1880; third daughter, Harriet Jane, 28 May 1812 - 28 Nov 1825, died at Boulogne-sur-Mer, buried Peasmarsh; and Lydia Mary, d. 30 Jun 1883, wife of Thomas Foljambe, of Acomb, Yorkshire.

222D Cartouche to the PECKHAM family of William, and his wife Mary, erected early 19th C.

-  North-East chapel, North wall, facing East, high.

-  Inaccessible~Fine; fading.

-  M.I. (engraved, black, centred) on a white marble convex cartouche, framed by drapery; above, arms; 2 cherubim flanking; below, death's head.

222E Cartouche for William PECKHAM, d. 1679

-  North-East chapel, North wall, facing South, West of 222F, high, obscured by furnishings.

-  Inaccessible~Fine; fading.

-  M.I. (engraved, black, centred) on convex cartouche, framed by scrollwork; above, 2 cherubim flank an achievement.

222F Cartouche for George PECKHAM, d. 1788

-  North-East chapel, North wall, facing South, East of 222E, high, obscured by furnishings.

-  Inaccessible~Fine; fading.

-  Description: close to 222E.

222G Mural monument for Mary SNEPP, d. 1723

-  South aisle wall, towards West end, at head height.

-  74(W) x 107(H)~Fine; restored colour.

-  M.I. (8 lines, engraved) on upper 50% of a rough grey freestone panel set portrait-wise; moulded frame.

-  Mary Snepp, d. 12 May 1723, aged 52 years, wife of Joseph Snepp.

222H Mural monument for John and Jane MICKLETHWAITE, d. 1824 and 1819

-  Vestry, East wall, above head height.

-  122(W) x c.280(H)~Good; colour; faded.

-  Above, a black slate back-plate in obelisk form; at top, small escutcheon over a white marble urn in relief on a M.I. (engraved, black) fills a tablet with ornamental top, set landscape-wise; chalice, serpent (eternity), sun-burst of glory, palmettes; below, corbels with paired ring decorative.

-  John Micklethwaite, Esq., lay rector of Salehurst, of Iridge Place, d. 20 Apr 1824, aet 67; his wife, Jane, d. 12 Aug 1819, aet 65, daughter of Josiah Corthine, Esq., of Anlaby, Yorkshire.

222I Mural monument for Anne PECKHAM, d. 1758, and Mary PECKHAM, d. 1779

-  Vestry, East wall, above head height.

-  122(W) x c.280(H)~Very good.

-  M.I. (engraved, black) fills white marble tablet set landscape-wise; black frame then fluted border; below, base mouldings, then curved apron with escutcheon and ferns; above, cornice, then mourning widow and urn against black backplate in obelisk form.

-  Anne Peckham, spinster, of Warbleton, d. 21 Jan 1758, aet 62; Mary Peckham, spinster, of Warbleton, d. 6 Mar 1779, aet 78.

222J Ledger for 'S.A.', no date

-  Vestry floor, centre.

-  Slab: 107(W) x 284(L); Plate: 9(W) x 8(H)~Fine.

-  M.I. (engraved) on a very small brass plate on a vast light freestone slab.

-  Inscribed:

222K Cast iron slab for Eleaner PECKHAM, d. 1713/4

-  Vestry floor, West side, North of 222M, partly obscured by step.

-  63(W) x 170(L)~Worn.

-  M.I. (7 lines, cast relief) in upper 40% of a slab: head to West.

-  Eleaner Peckham, d. 24 Jan 1713/4, aet 72.

222L Cast iron slabs for Silvester PECKHAM, d. 1712/3 and others

-  Vestry floor, North of 222N.

-  55(W) x 172(L)~Fine.

-  M.I. (12 lines, cast relief) in upper 80% of a cast iron slab; head to West.

-  Silvester Peckham, d. 17 Mar 1712/3, aet 65.

222M Cast iron slab for Mary PECKHAM, d. 1689

-  Vestry floor, West side, in part beneath an earlier or restored pier.

-  63(W) x 170(L)~Worn.

-  M.I. (8 lines, cast relief) in upper 50% of a cast iron slab; head to West.

-  Mary Peckham, d. 21 Apr 1689, aet 1; her parents, William and Martha Peckham.

222N Cast iron slab for William PECKHAM, d. 1679

-  Vestry floor, near door leading to tower.

-  62(W) x 172(L)~Fine.

-  M.I. (6 lines cast relief) across centre of a cast iron slab; head to West.

-  William Peckham, d. 5 Apr 1679, aet 75.

222O Ledger for Henry PECKHAM, d. 1786, and his siblings George, John and Mary

-  Tower floor, West side, North end, near vestry entrance.

-  100(W) x 199(L)~Good.

-  M.I. (engraved) in upper 60% of a black slab (marble); head to North.

-  Henry Peckham, Esq., d. 4 Dec 1786, aet 54; George Peckham, Esq., d. 28 May 1788, aet 64; John Peckham, Esq., d. 6 Feb 1789, aet 68; Mrs Mary Peckham, d. 30 Jan 1805, aet 79, their sister; all of Iridge Place.

222P Ledger for John BRABAN, d. 1759, and his son and grandson, both William

-  Tower floor, North of font.

-  92(W) x 60(L)~Very worn; damaged (on left).

-  M.I. (7 + 8 lines, engraved) fills surface of black slab (slate?); head to West.

-  John Braban, Gent., d. 28 Feb 1759, aet 33; his wife, Mary; issue - John, dates unknown, and William, d. 4 Apr 1786, aet 29; his grandson, also, William Braban, d. 28 Oct 1786, aet [?] year and 8 months.

222Q Ledger for Elizabeth BRABAN, d. 1775

-  Tower floor, North of centre, West side, South of 222O.

-  100(W) x 199(L)~Worn.

-  Arms, then M.I. (8 lines, engraved) in upper 60% of a black slab, head to West.

-  Elizabeth Braban, d. 16 Oct 1775, aet 55; daughter of Jonathan and Abigail Steevens, and wife of William Braban.

222R Ledgers for William PECKHAM, d. 1737, and others

-  Tower floor, centre, West side.

-  100(W) x 199(L)~Worn; cracked.

-  Arms, then M.I. (5 lines, engraved) in upper 50% of a black slab (marble?); head to West.

-  William Peckham, d. 29 Apr 1737, aet 19, eldest son of William Peckham, of Iridge.

222S Vault Marker for the LUXFORD family, dated 1830

-  Tower floor, North-East of centre.

-  92(W) x 110(L)~Fine.

-  An arrow pointing South and 2 lines engraved in upper 50% of a pale freestone slab.

222T Ledger for Dame Elizabeth HARCOURT, d. 1713

-  Tower floor, South of centre, West side.

-  114(W) x 200(L)~Worn; cracked.

-  Arms, then M.I. (5 lines, engraved) in upper 50% of a black slab (marble?); head to West.

-  Elizabeth Harcourt, d. 17 Aug 1713, aet 64.

222U Anonymous ledger, no date

-  Tower floor, just North of 222W.

-  83(W) x 112(L)~Very worn.

-  M.I. (engraved) hardly legible on a pale freestone slab; head to W?

-  Perhaps a date: '... 181.. ?'.

222V Ledger for William PECKHAM, d. 1765, and Mary, his wife, d. 1765

-  Tower floor, South of 222T.

-  114(W) x 200(L)~Very cracked.

-  M.I. (9 lines, engraved) in upper 25% of a black slab (slate?); head to West.

-  William Peckham, Esq., of Iridge, d. 24 Jan 1765, aet 75; his wife, Mary, d. 7 Nov 1765, aet 75.

222W Ledger for Ann STEEVENS, d. 1712

-  Tower floor, East of 222V.

-  56(W) x 111(L)~Worn; chipped.

-  M.I. (engraved) in upper 75% of a grey-brown freestone slab; head to West.

222X Ledger for Robert FOWLE, d. 1681, and his son, d. 1683/4

-  Choir vestry floor, by door to tower chapel.

-  112(W) x 200(L) (arms 55 diameter)~Fine.

-  Arms and M.I. (9 + 4 lines, engraved) fills a black marble slab; head to West.

-  Robert Fowle, Esq., of Iridge, d. 1 Dec 1681, aet 53, son of Sir John Fowle of Sandhurst, Kent and Ann, daughter of Sir John Wildegoose of Iridge, Knt; his wife, Lucy, daughter of Peter Farnden, Esq., of Selscombe; issue - Robert, d. 13 Feb 1683/4, aet 21; Ann; Lucy.

222Y Floor-mounted brass for Ann LEFROY, d. 1812

-  Choir vestry floor, North-West corner.

-  22(W) x 33(L)~Worn; dirty.

-  A brass plate (variety of engraved), nailed to floor; head to West.

222Z Floor-mounted brass for Thomas LEFROY, d. 1805

-  Choir vestry floor, North-West corner.

-  22(W) x 33(L)~Corroding; lifting; damaged edges (South side).

-  A brass plate (variety of engraved); nailed to floor; head to West.

222AA Floor-mounted brass for Mrs FREWEN, d. 176[9?]

-  Choir vestry floor, North-West corner, near West wall.

-  9(W) x 11.5(L)~Corroding; damaged edges.

-  A brass plate (5 lines engraved) nailed to floor; head to West.

222BB Cast iron slab for Thomas PECKHAM, d. 1662

-  Choir vestry floor, North side, South of 222X.

-  53(W) x 170(L)~Very worn.

-  M.I. (8 lines, cast relief) across centre of an iron slab; head to West.

-  Thomas Peckham, d. 31 May 1662, aet 34.

222CC Cast iron slab for Mary PECKHAM, 1661/2

-  Choir vestry floor, near West wall.

-  56(W) x 168(L)~Fine.

-  M.I. (7 lines, cast relief) across centre of slab; head to West.

222DD Ledger for Abigail STEEVENS, d. 1742

-  Choir vestry floor, centre.

-  90(W) x 162(L)~Very worn.

-  M.I. (engraved) in upper 30% of pale freestone slab; head to West.

222EE Ledger for Mary BRABAN, d. 1748, and her son, Sivyer, d. 1748

-  Choir vestry floor, near West wall, just South of 222CC.

-  79(W) x 191(L)~Very worn; cracked.

-  Arms then M.I. (engraved) in sandy freestone slab; head to West.